Top Upcoming Strategy Video Games of 2018

The best upcoming strategy video games of 2018.

Note: Article was updated in March of 2018.

2018 is quickly approaching and with it will come a slew of new video game titles to look forward to playing. With that said, now’s a good time to start marking down what video games to keep an eye on when they officially launch next year. Let us lend a hand, in this list, in particular, we’re going over the top strategy video games launching in 2018.

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Anno 1800
  • Developer: Blue Byte
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Platforms: PC
  • Release: 2018

Anno is a classic video game series that started up back in 1998. This is a real-time strategy franchise with a focus on business simulation and city building. With the upcoming installment, Anno 1800, players are put right into the dawn of the industrial age.

While there is a campaign for gamers to go through, developers will also include a sandbox mode and a multiplayer option where gamers can build freely.

Surviving Mars
  • Developer: Haemimont Games
  • Publisher: Paradox Interactive
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: March 15, 2018

Surviving Mars is a relatively straightforward name to this title. As it indicates, players will be on the planet Mars where their sole goal is to manage and oversee the colonization of the new world. Of course, there will be some challenges that will come up giving players some tough obstacles to pass through.

As you build your colony up, gamers will need to appease the colonists problems. This could mean adjusting certain structures to maintaining other viable resources such as supplies and oxygen. Likewise, the game will include a research tree to help attain new scientific breakthroughs and developers will allow mod support.

Project Phoenix
  • Developer: Creative Intelligence Arts
  • Publisher: Creative Intelligence Arts
  • Platforms: PC, Mobo, PS4, PSV,
  • Release: 2018

Project Phoenix is an upcoming title under development studio, Creative Intelligence Arts. This is a real-time strategy RPG which takes inspiration from several Japanese role-playing video games. Unfortunately, there are not too many details regarding the video game quite yet.

What we do know is that players will unravel a mystery of an angel with amnesia. During the journey, gamers will explore the lands of Azuregard with your band of heroes searching for the missing pieces in solving this grand mystery.

  • Developer: Harebrained Schemes
  • Publisher: Paradox Interactive
  • Platforms: PC
  • Release: April 2018

From development studio, Harebrained Schemes comes BattleTech. This is an upcoming turn-based strategy video game where players take on the role of a mercenary commander who must lead a team of battlemechs.

Based off the original board game, Classic BattleTech, the upcoming video game is based in the future during the year 3025 where a war has sparked out over control of the Inner Sphere. Each house has their own reasons on participating in the war and players will decide which house to fight for from the start of the game.

Phoenix Point
  • Developer: Snapshot Games
  • Publisher: Julian Gollop
  • Platforms: PC
  • Release: December 2018

Phoenix Point is an upcoming turn-based strategy video game with turn-based tactical combat. Stated to be a spiritual successor to X-COM, developers Snapshot Games takes players into a world that has become invaded by aliens.

With most of the world being destroyed from the alien invasion, players must stand up and rise against the new threat and save humanity from total annihilation.

Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia
  • Developer: Creative Assembly
  • Publisher: Sega
  • Platforms: PC
  • Release: April 19, 2018

Total War is soon receiving a new title in the series of Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia. The video game is very much the same style strategy game that the series is known for but set in the British Isles in 878 AD where Anglo-Saxons, Gaelic’s and Vikings begin to fight to reign as the leader.

The game has players going through campaigns where history will be shaped from the player’s actions and victories. Set to be a standalone Total War video game, players can opt to pick the game up without having to replay any past titles.

Valkyria Chronicles 4
  • Developer: Sega
  • Publisher: Sega
  • Platforms: PS4, NS, XBO
  • Release: 2018

The next installment of Valkyria Chronicles is set to release this year. Valkyria Chronicles 4 is an upcoming tactical RPG strategy game that continues to follow the same style of strategy gameplay that the previous installments are known for.

Overall, players will have to maneuver their characters around a battlefield while taking out the hostile forces. Within the narrative, players will find that Valkyria Chronicles 4 will take place during the events of the first title, Valkyria Chronicles.

This time, however, players will be maneuvering a new cast of characters set within the continent of Europa. As part of the last chance effort to end the war and capture the imperial capital, commander Claude Wallace and his squad are set into a battle that will put them against imperial soldiers along with the Valkyria.

Sega has revealed that in this upcoming installment, players will be introduced to a new soldier class called the Grenadier that can fire mortar rounds. Likewise it’s been unveiled that soldiers who lose all HP or become in a critical state can be rescued by a medic if they are reached within three turns.

  • Developer: 11 bit studios
  • Publisher: 11 bit studios
  • Platform: PC
  • Release Date: March 2018

From the developers who delivered This War of Mine to the masses in 2014 comes their next title release, Frostpunk. If you’re familiar with This War of Mine, you’ll find that Frostpunk shares some strong similarities, one of which is toying with the player’s moral compass.

Within the game, players are left having to control a city of civilians who is seeking refuge from the harsh cold temperatures within the world. Being one of the few cities built around a heat source, players will have to strategize on how to handle various issues that may come up.

The game will force players to seek out resources and build up the city. However, gameplay will soon become a balancing game when it comes to pulling resources together in order to fight off problems that may affect the health and safety of the city inhabitants.

Xenonauts 2

  • Developer: Goldhawk Interactive
  • Publisher: Goldhawk Interactive
  • Platforms: PC
  • Release: 2018

Fans of Xenonauts can enjoy even more turn-based tactics gameplay with the upcoming sequel. This time around, the game will take place in an alternate history timeline set within the Cold War.

Because of the new setting, this upcoming sequel will not include any advanced alien technology. While the game does not have any specific release date attached quite yet, a demo is available through

Within the demo, players will be able to try a early pre-alpha build of the game to give a slight look at the upcoming game.

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